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Entrepreneurs will be able to produce energy for their own needs, and the surplus will be settled in a favourable system of discounts – this will be the effect of the so-called prosumer package included in the draft amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act of 2015.

Small enterprises and cooperatives - may become prosumers

From the polish Premiere in December 2018 of our “non-propaganda” movie Human Energy, when no one even mades dreams about it, and dozens of meetings and screenings around the country later… and there will be RES Act novelization with RES cooperative amendment now. Who said that the film is not the most important of the arts? 😉 

At 25.06.2109 the draft amendment to the RES Act has gained the approval of The Council of Ministers and will now be submitted to the Parliament, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology (MPiT) has announced, as the Polish newspaper Wprost reports. Until now, entrepreneurs could not be prosumers and thus use solutions that are more and more willingly and boldly used by households.

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“The so-called prosumer package is a result of the work of the Inter-ministerial Team for Facilitation of Investments in Prosumer Renewable Sources, chaired by the head of the Ministry of Treasury, Jadwiga Emilewicz. It is the first part of the changes prepared by this team. The plans include further facilitations aimed at the development of civic energy, dissemination of investments in RES and increasing the share of prosumers’ RES in Poland’s energy balance,” the communiqué reads.

“This project pursues one of the goals we set ourselves in the Energia Plus programme announced in January. Small and medium entrepreneurs will be able to be prosumers. The same applies to energy cooperatives, which will be able to be established in villages and urban-rural communes. The project adopted today is one of the ways to reduce the emissions of our energy sector without harming the Polish economy”. – said Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology.

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However, the amendments introduced in January did not mention the system of discounts for small entrepreneurs, which was reported by the Polish portal “gramwzielone.pl” (14.01.2019).  

The new legal proposals allow energy cooperatives to be established in cities with only the status of municipalities. However, you can set up an energy cooperative in a municipality with the status of an urban-rural municipality, i.e. in an energy cooperative with the status of an urban-rural municipality, i.e. in an energy cooperative with the status of an urban-rural municipality.
In which on its territory one of the towns has the status of a city. So it is possible to establish energy cooperatives in a town if it belongs to a town-rural community – says to us Barłtomiej Kupiec, Instrat Foundation Analyst and Editor-in-Chief of thelegal Portal Energystreamer.pl.

Impulse for RES development

Minister Emilewicz added that she hopes that these regulations will become a strong impulse for the development of renewable energy in Poland.

“We already have concrete achievements in this respect. Last year, a total of about 28-36 thousand photovoltaic microinstallations were built in Poland, which is over twice as many as in 2017. At the end of March this year, we already had a total of over 65 thousand RES microinstallations. According to the report of the Institute of Renewable Energy announced in recent days, this year Poland can already be ranked 4th in the EU in terms of annual growth of new photovoltaic capacities”. – indicated the minister.

Granting the status of prosumer to entrepreneurs, combined with other legal changes and facilitation of photovoltaic investments, will enable them to reduce energy costs. Financial instruments supporting the purchase of microinstallations will also contribute to this, the ministry stressed.

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The amendment will take into account such issues as:

Implementation of additional measures aimed at achieving a 15% share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption by the end of 2020
Reduction of the substitution fee, which will affect the price of property rights in subsequent years, by introducing a new formula for calculating the unit substitution fee in the Ozjo index.
Enabling the auction to take place in the maximum quantities and values of electricity and reference prices specified in the regulations.
Extension of the duration of connection agreements for existing RES projects.
Introduction of provisions strengthening the mechanism of guarantees of origin.

source: “Wprost” newspaper dated 26.06.2019.https://www.wprost.pl/kraj/10228389/istotne-zmiany-w-ustawie-o-oze-przedsiebiorcy-zostana-prosumentami.

source: GLOBenergia portal, 26.06.2019
https://globenergia.pl/dzisiaj-rada-ministrow-pracuje-nad-nowela-ustawy-o-oze-program-energia-plus-na-ukonczeniu